Chord M Scaler Digital Upscaler
Using technology first seen in the flagship BLU MKII digital/CD transport, the Hugo M Scaler is a standalone upscaling device containing the world’s most advanced digital filter. When used with a dual-BNC-input Chord Electronics DAC, it is capable of redefining digital audio sound quality. Can also be used in tandem with other DACs. RETAIL: $4,995.
The Hugo M Scaler is a highly advanced standalone upscaler capable of redefining sound quality from digital audio. It uses Rob Watts’ (our Digital Design Consultant’s) unique filter technology, the most advanced in the world, to upscale standard 44.1kHz digital audio up to 705.6kHz (16x CD’s 44.1kHz native resolution), ready to be passed to a suitable DAC; Hugo M Scaler extends its upscaling performance to 768kHz (from 96kHz input data) for our dual-BNC-input DACs: DAVE, Qutest and the new Hugo TT 2.
The Hugo M Scaler brings the unrivalled advantages of our ground-breaking FPGA-based WTA (Watts Transient Alignment) filtering technology to digitally connected audio devices, dramatically improving sound quality. Although optimised for use with selected Chord Electronics DACs (for the maximum 768kHz upscaling/decoding benefit), the Hugo M Scaler can be used with other DACs with suitable inputs, subject to their decoding capability.
The Hugo M Scaler’s compact form factor aligns with the TT (Table Top) series and has been designed to be stackable with other units in the range, including the TToby stereo power amp and the Hugo TT 2, to form a highly advanced yet space-saving system. In line with other models in the Hugo and Hugo TT series, the device features a number of illuminable fascia-mounted spherical controls, governing input selection, output sample rate and video mode for lower latency. The control spheres display data visually including input source and the incoming sample rate, using a polychromatic scale.
When partnered with either of Chord Electronics’ 768kHz-capable dual-BNC-input DACs, the Hugo M Scaler sets an astonishing technical benchmark for digital audio performance at it price point, redefining sound quality from digital audio.
1x galvanically isolated USB Type-B compatible with DSD and PCM data (up to DSD 256); with DSD upsampled to PCM
1x galvanically isolated dual BNC (enables upscaling to the maximum resolution (768kHz from 96kHz data)
The most advanced digital filter in the world
Adjustable sample rate output (with pass-thru mode)
Video mode (for lower latency)
Auto video and source selection
‘DX’ controls for future product
Designed, engineered and entirely made in the UK
Precision-milled chassis, crafted from aircraft-grade aluminium
[Chord Custom Coded FPGA] Chord Custom Coded FPGA
[1,015,808 Taps] 1,015,808 Taps
[Upsampling to 768kHz] Upsampling to 768kHz
[USB Input] USB Input
[2x BNC S/PDIF Input] 2x BNC S/PDIF Input
[Optical Input] Optical Input
[Dual Data Mode BNC O/P] Dual Data Mode BNC O/P
[BNC S/PDIF Output] BNC S/PDIF Output
[Optical Output] Optical Output
[Solid Aluminum Chassis] Solid Aluminum Chassis
[Convection Cooled] Convection Cooled
[IR Remote Control Included] IR Remote Control Included
1.5m 15v 4A Switching power supply
IR Remote Control
Dual BNC Cables
M Scaler User Manual
Filter tap length:
1,015,808 WTA taps
235 x 40.5 x 236mm (WxHxD)